Thank you for taking a moment to learn about me. I started practicing yoga in 2000, and it was love at first savasana! My yoga and meditation practices fit very well into both my life and my career as a clinical massage therapist. Life has changed significantly for me in the last 20 years, and the quiet, calming energy that comes with my practice helps keep me physically and mentally centered and strong.
Yoga is a beautiful complement to my hobbies that include cycling, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and lifting weights.
I am returning to teaching after taking most of spring and summer off to give myself time and space to honor my grief after the loss of both my parents. I have found such peace in my practice and I’m excited to share that peace and love of yoga again with my students. I couldn’t be happier to return to teaching yoga in September!
I alway look forward to fall; September feels more like a new year to me than the calendar year change in January. I love the buzz “back to school” brings- new friends, new clothes, new schedule, new lunchbox! I enjoy the return of the crispness that comes into the air, the freshness it brings helps me feel like I come alive.
With a new moon on August 30th, we get a fresh clean slate for September. I recommend taking a walk in the woods and being with your breath. Feel the earth under your feet. Practice tree pose among the trees. Breathe in the fresh air and feel the sunshine on your skin. Allow yourself to be grounded by nature.
I recommend local hiking at the Prince William Forest, the Manassas Battlefield or Bull Run Mountain. If you have a full day to play outside, go for a hike in Shenandoah or George Washington National Parks. My favorite SNP hike is the Whiteoak Canyon/Cedar Run loop, and my favorite hike in GWNP is Strickler Knob. They’re not easy, but they’re worth the effort!
One of my favorite ways to fuel for a long day of hiking is with oatmeal.
I make mine in my Instant Pot:
1 cup of water in the bottom of the pot
In a 2 cup measuring cup, combine the following:
- 1.5 cups milk of your choice (almond or coconut for me!)
- 1/2 cup old fashioned or steel cut oats
- 1/4 cup dried fruit (raisins or dried cranberries are my go-tos)
- 1 TBSP chia seeds
- 1 TBSP ground flax seed
- 1 TBSP hemp hearts
- 1 TSP cinnamon
- 1 TSP dried, ground orange peel
Set lid to sealing and cook for 10 minutes on manual high pressure, then turn off and enjoy after natural pressure release.
I look forward to seeing you again soon!
“Life starts again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald